Matildas Exchangeyear

GUYS! It's finally uploaded, the video from the EF Welcome days in New York. I had a blast during those three days and all you wonderful people that I met that made the days awesome!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

Right now I'm sitting at the Dock 44 restaurant and we're waiting for some chicken strips plates! It's been pouring and storming for about an hour. So we packed our essentials and went to grab some food. Btw we're away camping for the weekend so we are for now located in snake creek campground.

It's been a while since I blogged and I have a good reason. I have a lot on my plate right now. I've been busy doing American stuff like eating, going to baseball tournaments, sleeping, going to volleyball practices and editing videos for you guys. All last weekend we had the state baseball tournament that was actually in Gregory this year. It was fun but after three days it got a bit boring. The games lasted up close to three hours sometimes. But it was really fun because I've had never watched baseball before.

Tommy and Coy played and Jeff was coaching so me Amanda and Mya and all the other baseball families parked their pickups and basically didn't move for the whole day. While being there I got to meet a lot of new people. And I also got to hang out with some of the high school kids.

On Monday I went to the doctor because I had to get my physical done before the volleyball practices started. After that me and Mya went golfing for a couple of hours. My first two rounds on Gregory's golf course went really bad but I've been stepping up my game. After that we went home and at 8 o'clock there were open gym for volleyball which means that everyone can come there and just play. It was nice to get the feeling for it since im playing volleyball this fall.

On Tuesday I didn't do anything until eight o'clock when we had another open gym. On Wednesday I met my IEC Karli and her daughter Taylor for the first time and they were really nice. Apparently we are meeting with all the students down by the river some of the next coming weekends. At 6.30 we had a volleyball meeting so me and Amanda went down to the auditorium. The meeting lasted for about half an hours and then we just played volleyball for three hours.

On Thursday I had my first official volleyball practice at 3 o'clock. Amanda drove me down to the gym and then they went to the campground. After practice I went to the park with the team because they made pancakes there for achievement days. After that me and Tommy, who were working, went to the campground. We had some hotdogs for dinner and then we made a fire and ate s'mores!

The next day me and Tommy went up at 6 to get back to Gregory by 7 and to practice at 7.30. The practice ended at 11 and then we went to the football field because they were handing out watermelon. Then I went back to the campground again and then we went down to the river. The water was nice and we brought kayaks and a paddle board. We there for a couple of hours and then we had walking tacos for supper, it simply tacos but in a chipsbag.

This morning I woke up and ate breakfast. After that it was time to start setting up the things that we actually came here for. Joan and Niels 50th wedding anniversary! There were a lot of different salads and a lot of people came. It was really windy today but until 5 o'clock it was sunny and nice weather. But then it just clicked and it started pouring like crazy and the thunder was crazy. So as I said in the beginning we went to Dock 44.

That was my weekly update and I promise I'll try to update more frequently!

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Here comes another youtubevideo and this one is from my going away party.

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

Today I've officially been in America for one whole week. It's been such and eventful and amazing week. With adventures and experiences that I couldn't even dream about. I've been to New York for the first time in my life, I tried dancing line dance for the first time in my life and I've met my second family! The family that I will live with for the next coming 10 months of my life.

I came to Souix Falls on Saturday and then we went shopping and we ate dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and I ate hot wings for the first time in my life. It was really hot though so I couldn't eat them all. In Souix Falls we also met Brian which is Jeffs brother and he has two little girls who were soooo adorable. They are soon to be two and four years old and they are two happy little humans. After dinner we went home and got to bed right away because I had been up since half past 3am.

The next day which was a Sunday we went up at nine. We had donuts for breakfast and then we went to church. There I met a lot of people, for example I met Amanda's mom, Joan and she's so sweet. We ate lunch at church and when we got home me and Mya went over to the neighbors for a swim. They have a pool they did allow us to borrow whenever we want to. Then we went back home and we ate homemade pizza and it was delicious.

I don't really remember what we did on Monday but I do remember that before dinner when the guys were at practice we pickled green beans and cucumber. Another thing that I have never done before. Oh I also got a tour of the school and I met a couple of the teachers.

On Tuesday we tried going golfing after lunch but we didn't even make it to the second green before it started storming, it just flicked and then the wind came like crazy. It was supposed to be thunderstorm later that day so we went back. I think it was just as good because I didn't not do good. No beginner luck for me. Then we went home and Mya and I watched a couple of movies instead.

Today we did another try on the golf course and we actually got through the whole course before it started raining. I was still doing bad so I got to get some practice in. When we got home me and Mya played monopoly and I lost big time! We had decided to go out to eat today so we went to the closest town which is called Burke and we ate pizza. It was good but the slices were so big so I couldn't eat more than one. When we got home Jeff told me that the volleyball team was having a open gym thing today. That means that everyone can go there and just play so me, Mya and Amanda went there and we met all the girls on the team and I got to learn and get the hang of the game. It was really fun and the girls were really sweet.

That's basically been my week and there has been a lot of trying new things! Tomorrow I think we'll go to the gym and practice some volleyball serves. But until next time you guys!

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Matildas Exchangeyear

Truth to be told, the funniest thing at welcome days was to guess the ambassadors native country since they weren't allowed to tell any of us where they came from. Some of them told us and there were a lot of people from Sweden.

When it finally was Friday we were going into New York City. We woke up at half past 7 to be at breakfast at half past 8. I met up with the other swedes for breakfast. After that I met my group at our meeting spot. It was the same group as the day before and the people in your group were the people who going to either the same state as you or a state close by. In my group there were two other swedes and they were going to Colorado. Then we went to our classroom again and we got checked in for our flight for the next day. We also found out which bus we were leaving with and my buss was leaving at 4.15 am. After that we went to get lunch and then the busses didn't leave until 12.30. I thought that we should have left earlier to get more time in the city.

When we got into the city we met up with another group which my friend Tove was in. That was nice because then I got to spend some more time with her before we were going separate ways. Our first stop on our tour was Central Park. We didn't go that far into the park but we saw some of it. It was a huge park with a lot of trees and some playgrounds here and there. After that we were going to 5th avenue and there we got some free time to go shopping. We almost didn't shop anything though. We mostly walked down the street to see everything. We went into Saks. Me and Tove got kind of star struck because Saks is talked about a lot in the gossip girl tv-series.

After 5th ave we went past the Rockefeller center. We didn't get to go up but we saw it and it was hughe. After that we went to another park called Bryan park I think. And we stopped there to eat our food and some went to buy food. We only stopped there for like 25 minutes.

After that we finally went to Times Square! That was the most spectacular thing I've seen in my life. There were so many people there and no one knew where they were going. Also there we got free time but we only went into forever 21 and the Hard Rock Cafe shop. Other than that we sat on the Times Square steps and I bought a pretzel.

After that it was time to go home. We didn't see everything but we saw a bit of the city. One more reason to come back right?!

It'll probably be a video up on YouTube later this week on the welcome days in New York so stay tuned!

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Matildas Exchangeyear

Let's just say that Chicago O'hare airport is the biggest airport! I walked for like ten minutes from one terminal to another. I landed here at 9.30 local time. Now there's one more hour to ad to the time difference. I've FaceTimed my parents a couple of times and it feels weird that when it's lunch time here it's dinner time over there, all the way over the Atlantic. My flight to Souix Falls doesn't leave until 12.20 so about 2 hours. I was thinking of taking a nap since I slept like 3 hours but the chairs at the gate is so uncomfortable. It's like sitting on a freaking rock. I'll go get some McDonald's soon and then I'll just chill at the gate unlike it's one to board.

I can't wait to meet my host family. I just wanna get there and get settled down. I don't wanna be alone at the worlds second biggest airport, it's kind of lonely.

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Matildas Exchangeyear

I haven't had the time to write the post on New York but it'll be up ASAP. But right now we are at the gym at the EF academy to hop on the busses to the airport. My bag was overweight apparently so had to take a jacket out. I woke up at 3.30 and was so stressed because I had set my alarm on 2.45 so I woke up 45 minutes late. Anyways now it's less than 12 hours until I finally get to see my host family. I'm so excited but still so nervous. I have a layover at Chicago O'hare airport for three hours.

Anyways I'll talk to you later!

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Matildas Exchangeyear

Yesterday we arrived here at welcome days. We are currently at the EF academy in Thornwood, NY state. When we arrived at Newark airport we first vad to go through the passport control which took 2 hours and then we had to wait 3 more hours until the rest of the flights arrived. When everyone was there We were approximately 50 students who were riding in the same bus. The buss ride was about 1,5-2 hours.

When we finally got here we were greeted by all the EF ambassadors. We went straight to eat dinner and then we played some basketball down at the court until we had to go shower and go to bed. My roommate hasn't arrived yet and didn't arrive until 2am.

Today I woke up at 7.30 ish. Breakfast opened at 8.30 so I tried to go back asleep but I couldn't. So I got up and did nothing for a while until I met the others at breakfast. There were plenty of things to choose from at breakfast so that was nice. After breakfast at 10am we were meeting to be divided into groups. So I am group 13 and that is the group that we are going to go as in New York tomorrow.

After we were divided into groups we went to a classroom to have "classes" on what to expect and how to act in different situations. That was basically what we did before lunch and after we first had a Skype session with an EF IEC which live in South Dakota. Then we had more lessons and also games that we played.

After that was dinner and at 8pm there was a party in the main building and it was kind of lame but at the same time it was fun to get to know each other a bit more. We learned line dance and they played a high school musical song which was really fun since everyone could sing along.

Even though we had classes it's been a fun day and tomorrow is gonna be awesome! I'll probably write tomorrow as well so I'll talk to you tomorrow.

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Matildas Exchangeyear

I've now begun my journey and I'm on the plane to New York. I woke up at 5 am this morning and I packed the last of my stuff. We ate breakfast and then Minella came because she was going with us to the airport. We left at 6.20 after saying goodbye to my cat and the house.

I met my friends yesterday to say a proper goodbye and I kind of cried a lot. They were all planing on calling the airport to say that I had illegal stuff in my bag so that I wouldn't board.😅

I was feeling so sick on the car ride to Arlanda but I guess I was just nervous. When we got there I met up with the other EF students who were going on the same flight as me. Then all of a sudden all of my friends were there. Right there at the airport at 7 o'clock in the morning to say goodbye. I freaked and cried so so so much. They took the train which is so long from where we live to come see me before I go.

You guys are my world, you mean everything to me and I love you for coming!❤️ Then I went to check in my bag and back we weighed it to 22.9kg and 23kg is the limit so me and mom did good.

I had my going away party for my friends last Saturday. I had made cake and my mom had baked cinnamon buns. The came at like 3 o'clock and then we ate some cake and we swam in the pool. For dinner we made hamburgers and then we just talked for a couple of hours. Then at like ten o'clock in the evening we went to Minella and continued at her place. I had a blast and it was really nice to see everybody together before I left.

Right so yesterday I found out that my bestest of friends were trying to throw me a surprise going away party. I was planning on having my going away party on Monday 24th of July so they were planning on having the surprise party on the 22nd but then I changed my date to the 22nd so that kind of didn't work out. But I found out about this yesterday and I really have the best friends and no one can fight me on this.

Right now it's about 2 hours left until we land in New York and I couldn't be more excited!!! I've never been to New York so that's a first to me. I guess when I'll be able to post I'll already be at the airport and have wifi but anyway. I love you guys and you mean the world to me.

The flight has been so far so good if you don't count that I had a nightmare while sleeping that we crashed a bunch of times. I'll probably post some more posts about New York when I've seen the city but that's it for now. IM ACTUALLY DOING THIS!

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Matildas Exchangeyear, Everyday life

Today it is only 5 days to go, 5 freaking days! I started packing yesterday and right now everything is laying spread out on my bed. I'm flying with united airlines so I looked at their website and it says that you can bring on checked bag and then only one personal item, which means no hand baggage. On most flights you can have one carry-on bag and one handbag or backpack but I can only have one backpack which sucks since that means less space to pack in. But I'm managing. I'll have to buy quite a lot of stuff when I get there but I have all the basics so I'll be good for a while.

Tomorrow I will have my going away party for my friends. I'm so excited and it will be so much fun! There will be another post on that one later on and a lots of pictures. Maybe I'll even try to vlogg but that will be in Swedish.

The first group left 2 days ago and I'm so excited for them. It will be fun to see pictures and videos from their experiences. I am not really worried or stressed about the trip itself but all the things that have to be done before that, it's quite a lot. But it feels good to have done pretty much yesterday, I filled in all of the papers and I started packing. Now i only have to pick out what I'm going to wear in New York.

That all for today and I'll probably talk to you in a few days!

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